Near Fort Oglethorpe in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
86th Indiana Infantry
Van Cleve's Division
Text on the Front Side of the Monument:
Text on the Back Side of the Monument:
Ninth Regiment Infantry.
George F. Dick, Colonel.
Second Brigade (Dick).
Third Division (VanCleve).
Twenty First Corps (Crittenden).
Friday, P.M., September 18th, 1863, this Regiment with its Brigade was ordered from Crawfish Springs to support Wood's Division, then engaged near Lee and Gordon's Mill.
Saturday, September 19th, with its Brigade, met and repulsed the severe charge of Stewart's Division east of LaFayette Road, after which it was ordered to the position where this monument stands and aided in successfully resisting the fierce assaults of the enemy from 4 until 4:30 p.m., when it was compelled to retire by reason of a heavy flank movement of the enemy on the right.
Sunday morning, September 20th, in line west of LaFayette Road near Kelly Field, severely engaged for a short time with Breckinridge's troops, and upon retiring took position on the next ridge
Erected 1897 by State of Indiana. (Marker Number MT-843.)
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1863.
Location. 34° 54.931′ N, 85° 15.715′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Memorial is on Lafayette Road near Dyer Road, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in the national park that preserves the site of the Chickamauga Battlefield, in a field south of the Brotherton Cabin, a short distance west of the LaFayette Road. According to the location information provided by the National Park Service, this, “Monument located within the Chickamauga Battlefield in Brotherton Field, map site #191". Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Oglethorpe GA 30742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dick's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 11th Michigan Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 7th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 7th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Wisconsin Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th Indiana Infantry (within Clayton's Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
More about this marker. According to the description information provided by the National Park Service, the monument is, “9' x 5' x 12', monument is a round-headed rock-faced slab mounted on a double-step base. Main block has a bronze relief panel of a battle scene and bronze state seal at lower right." The National Park Service also indicates that this monument's sculptor was Herbert W. Beattie.
I used the "Chickamauga Battlefield" map, that I purchased at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, to determine both the marker number for this tablet and the tablet's location in relation to the rest of the park's monuments, markers, and tablets. According to the map it provides the, "numerical listing of all monuments, markers, and tablets on the Chickamauga Battlefield (using the Chick-Chatt NMP Monument Numbering System).”
Regarding 86th Indiana Infantry. It should be noted that this monument displays a bronze bas-relief artwork, that depicts the combat action that this regiment saw from this position.
When discussing Battlefield Monuments, the National Park Service offers this special insight: "Of special interest are bronze bas-relief plaques attached to many monuments. These depict battle scenes based on veterans' eyewitness accounts. Because there are no photographs of the fighting, these plaques are among the best visual records of the battles."
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 19, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on September 24, 2016, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.